Nurse who gave beauty treatments while off sick told she can keep job

NHS nurse, 45, who offered £250-a-time beauty treatments from her home while off sick from her £34,000-a-year job told she can carry on working

  • Amanda Tuckwell went on sick leave from Shropshire Community Health Trust 
  • But she raked in cash while off charging £210 for Botox and £250 for jaw fillers 
  • The 45-year-old was rumbled after three anonymous reports were made to NHS
  • Nurse and Midwifery Council panel found her guilty of dishonesty at a hearing
  • Has now been told she can keep her job as she was ‘found not to be impaired’

Amanda Tuckwell, 45, (pictured) has been told she can keep her job at Shropshire Community Health Trust following a Nurse and Midwifery Council hearing

A nurse who ran her own beauty cosmetic clinic while on sick pay from the NHS has been allowed to carry on working.

Amanda Tuckwell, 45, went on sick leave from her hospital in Shropshire while offering a range of beauty treatments to private patients.

A disciplinary hearing in Cardiff heard she raked in cash from skincare at her Aluminate Skin Clinic – charging £210 for botox and £250 for jaw fillers.

Tuckwell spent three months on the sick from her £34,000-a-year NHS job while working at home treating 15 private patients.

She was rumbled by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority after three anonymous reports were made that she was working at the clinic.

But Tuckwell, a nurse at Shropshire Community Health Trust since 2009, was found not to be impaired and has been allowed to keep her job.

Debbie Hill, chair of the disciplinary panel of the Nurse and Midwifery Council, said: ‘When you first went on sick leave, you said that you did not think that it would be for an extended period of time due to the nature of the sickness.

‘You told the panel that at the time you did not consider providing skincare treatment to your private clients to be “work” as most of your clients were friends, and you provided treatments from home.

‘You said that you were not fit to work at the trust as your role was very demanding and the shifts were for 12 hours which was much more intense than the treatments at your clinic.’

Tuckwell (left and right) spent three months off of work from her £34,000-a-year job while working at home treating 15 private patients

Tuckwell treated 15 clients while on sick leave – but claimed she didn’t make a profit from the treatments.

She told the NMC panel that she only provided treatments to clients who had paid their deposit – because she couldn’t afford to refund them.

But Tuckwell, of Oswestry, Shropshire, later admitted that she could have refunded the deposits, which could be up to £100, with her sick pay.

The panel found Tuckwell’s actions amounted to dishonesty at the misconduct hearing in Cardiff.

They added: ‘As an experienced nurse, the panel was of the view that you should have known to check the policy and to discuss the situation with you managers.

‘The panel noted that you were under various stresses during your period of sick leave which you said contributed to your oversight in not checking sickness policy.

‘We did not accept this explanation as you were capable of providing skincare treatments and managing your business.’

It was accepted that Tuckwell didn’t intend to deceive – but providing treatments ‘persistently’ for three months amounted to dishonesty.  

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